UMass Amherst – Women’s Tennis Assistant Coach


About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth’s flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

This position specifically supports the Department and University’s mission through recruiting, coaching, mentoring, and providing administrative assistance for the Women’s Tennis program and to the respective Head Coach.

Essential Functions


  • By supporting the coaching style and preferences of the Head Coach, provide instructional expertise and direction for the specific area assigned during practice and game-day events.
  • Through team practice, film review and one-on-one instructions, enhance the learning and development of the athlete’s tennis skills.  
  • Provide advice and assistance to the Head Coach during the Tennis program athletic events.  
  • Ensure that proper safety procedures are followed by all student-athletes (all assistant coaches must become certified in CPR and first aid).    
  • Utilize coaching expertise in creating a winning athletic program for UMass.
  • Work with athletic trainers as needed to implement team wellness and conditioning programs.
  • Work together with Head Coach to provide direction to the Strength and Conditioning coach as to the desired training goals.


  • Identify prospective student-athletes through scouting athletic events, film review and developing industry contacts.
  • Evaluate abilities and character of these prospects to determine their potential to succeed athletically within the Atlantic 10 Conference (A10) and academically at the University of Massachusetts (UMass).
  • Engage in communication with the prospects, parents, coaches, or other advisors through travel, written and verbal correspondence.
  • Assist the Head Coach in working with the University’s admissions office and the Department’s compliance office to obtain academic evaluations that meet UMass, A10 Conference, and NCAA standards.
  • Communicate with Compliance Officer to ensure that all NCAA policies are followed.
  • Coordinate on-campus visits, travel arrangements, athletic and academic tours.


  • Responsible for working with all Athletic Department Offices in processing of administrative functions and paperwork related to the Women’s Tennis program.  
  • Assist the Head Coach with budget preparation, reconciliation and procurement of equipment and supplies.
  • Responsible for arranging travel aspects related to the sport program which includes the driving of athletic vans for practice and competitions as needed.  
  • Understand current and changing NCAA, A10 Conference, and UMass Compliance Policy and Procedures as they relate to the
    Women’s Tennis program.  Assist in briefing student-athletes and monitoring adherence to above.
  • Shall comply fully with the rules, regulations, and policies of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, of the Atlantic 10 Conference, and of the University and its Athletic Department.
  • Assist Head Coach in monitoring academic progress of program’s student athletes.  
  • Identify program-marketing opportunities, communicate with the Athletic Marketing Office and assist in the execution if necessary.
  • Assist with the coordination of the programs fundraising activities.
  • Attends conventions, conferences, and clinics consistent with Department and University policies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Public Relations

  • As a member of a Division I program for UMass, assistant coaches need to represent their school and program in a manner that supports the mission of the university.  Speaking engagements, instructional clinics, development efforts, and community relation programs need to reflect a professional and positive impression to the media or general public. 

Other Functions

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  1. Bachelor’s degree required from an accredited institution.
  2. Minimum of one year of tennis intercollegiate coaching and/or playing experience required.
  3. Ability to string tennis racquets. 
  4. Ability to work weekends and nights.
  5. Good oral and written communication skills.
  6. Ability to foster and maintain working relationships with various stakeholders.
  7. Moderate to high movement and activity required; responsibilities include extended periods of standing.
  8. Knowledge of Microsoft Office software.
  9. Ability to use social media platforms to help in the promotion of the program.
  10. Valid Class D Massachusetts Driver’s license and ability to drive a passenger van.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  1. Minimum of one year of tennis intercollegiate coaching and/or playing experience at the Division I level. 
  2. Working knowledge of rules and regulations governing intercollegiate athletics preferred.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Balancing, carrying, pulling, pushing, standing, repetitive movements, bending, travel to other campuses, climbing, driving, reaching, sitting, twisting and lifting.

Work Schedule

Varied schedule based on the demands of the position.  Nights, weekends and holidays are required.

Salary Information

Salary commensurate with experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please apply online using the link below with your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references.  Applicants must apply by the priority deadline of 6/19/21 in order to ensure consideration.  Applications may be accepted after the priority date until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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